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What Products Should I Use To Clean My Fireplace?

Maintaining your fireplace takes more than just an annual sweeping and inspection by a certified chimney sweep. There are a number of ways homeowners can clean and maintain their fireplaces in the time between sweepings.

One of the most common questions we receive from our customers is “What products should I use to clean my fireplace?” With hundreds of cleaners on the market, it can be difficult to determine which fireplace products to use. The following guide can help homeowners find the best – and avoid the worst – products for your fireplace.

Chimney Sweeping Logs

Chimney sweeping logs are often advertised as a less-expensive, DIY alternative to a chimney sweeping. Unfortunately, these products are often ineffective and can create safety issues within your fireplace system. Because of this, we discourage our customers from using them, even between regularly scheduled sweepings.

When chimney sweeping logs work by giving off a chemical smoke that loosens soot, ash, and creosote in the flue. While some of this buildup falls into the firebox, falling creosote often becomes trapped on the smoke shelf or within the angles of the flue. This can create blockages in the flue or increase the risk of chimney fire.

“I usually tell people using one of those logs instead of having your chimney cleaned manually is like chewing Dentyne instead of brushing your teeth,” said Allan Bopp of Bald Eagle Enterprises. “It may help a little, but it’s a poor substitute for the real thing.”

Cleaning Fireplace Masonry

The masonry surrounding the fireplace can become stained from years of exposure to smoke and soot. Especially common in older homes, masonry staining can turn a beautiful fireplace into a dirty eyesore.

We recommend ChimneySaver Paint “N” Peel Fireplace Cleaner. This easy to use, safe, and an effective product that can remove years of buildup from bricks, stone, slate, tile, concrete, marble, and more.

Paint “N” Peel cures for 24-48 hours after application onto the stained masonry. Since it is non-toxic and chemical free, you and your family do not have to leave the home during use. Removal is easy, clean, and leaves behind a fireplace that looks years younger.

Fireplace Cleaning Products

When choosing a cleaner for the glass or metal of your fireplace, it is extremely important to choose a non-flammable cleaner specifically designed for fireplaces. Generic cleaners can give off chemicals – or even catch fire – when used on fireplace components. Likewise, use non-abrasive scrubbers, rags, or cloths to avoid scratching the glass or metal.

Fireplace cleaners can be purchased at many hearth stores or other hardware stores. For homeowners who prefer a greener, DIY approach to cleaning their fireplace leftover ashes can be used to remove stains from fireplace glass. Dampen a piece of newspaper or paper towel, coat the dampened area with ash, and gently scrub the glass in a circular motion. Repeat as necessary until glass is clean, and remove any ash residue with water and a clean cloth when finished.

Using the right products can help extend the life of your fireplace system. For more information on fireplace cleaners, contact the experts at Clean Sweeps of Michigan today.

Fireplace Resolutions

2018 has arrived, and with the new year comes new year’s resolutions. This year, don’t just make plans to improve your health, fitness, or organization; think about creating a list of fireplace resolutions along with the rest of your goals for the new year!

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Looking for ways to get the most out of your fireplace system in 2018? Try setting fireplace resolutions! The following are just a few ideas for easy fireplace resolutions that you can set in 2018.

  • Use the fireplace more.
    Don’t let your fireplace fade into the background in a room. Instead, set a goal to use your fireplace more!
  • Regularly clean out the firebox.
    Many homeowners are surprised to learn they do not need to clean out the firebox after every fire. In fact, a one-inch layer of ash on the bottom of the firebox can make it easier to both build and maintain your next fire. However, fireboxes should still be regularly cleaned. Try removing at least some ash after each fire and fully clean the firebox at the end of the burning season.
  • Forward schedule maintenance.
    Do you struggle to remember to schedule your annual chimney sweeping or inspection? Try forward scheduling your next maintenance appointments; forward scheduling helps you set your next chimney appointment at the end of the current one, much like you would do at the dentist or doctor.

Tips for keeping your fireplace resolutions on track all year long.

Keeping resolutions – no matter what they are for – can be difficult. Follow these three easy tips to help you stay on track with your fireplace resolutions in 2018.

  • Keep track of your resolutions.
    Whether you set weekly, monthly, or yearly goals for your fireplace, keeping track of them using a calendar or spreadsheet can help you achieve them. If you’re trying to use your fireplace more, use special symbols to keep track of days it is used on your calendar. Likewise, many companies will schedule your maintenance appointments months in advance; this gives you flexibility in appointment times – and one less thing on your to-do list.
  • Set realistic expectations.
    If you only used your fireplace a handful of times last year, setting a goal of using it at least once per week in 2018 may not be realistic. Making realistic goals makes them more achievable – and leaves you less likely to feel frustrated or discouraged.
  • Don’t give up entirely.
    While regular maintenance is important in making sure our fireplace burn their best, missing a few month’s of cleaning or rescheduling a chimney sweeping are unlikely to have a major impact on fireplace performance. Even if you don’t meet your usage or maintenance goals, don’t give up entirely; stay committed and enjoy getting the most out of your fireplace system the rest of the year!

Contact Us Today

When setting goals for the rest of the year don’t forget about your fireplace! While it may seem silly, setting fireplace resolutions can help you get the most out of your fireplace system. For more ideas on fireplace resolutions or to schedule your next maintenance appointment, contact Clean Sweeps of Michigan today.

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